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Building a Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

Editors: Shimeles, Abebe, Verdier-Chouchane, Audrey, Boly, Amadou (Eds.)

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What are the challenges and action points for agricultural sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa? This open access collection of papers offers technical analyses, policy recommendations and an overview of success stories to date. Each carefully selected paper provides valuable insights for improved policy making and defines relevant strategic priorities on Africa’s sustainable transformation process, which is in line with the international development agenda. Although agriculture remains the main source of income for Africa’s population, the sector is rain-fed subjecting it to the vagaries of weather and climate change. This volume demonstrates the rationale of developing a competitive, inclusive and sustainable agribusiness sector for Africa’s food security and structural transformation.

From the impact of Bioenergy crop adoption and Drought Index Insurance to Agro-Industrialization, this volume is important reading for individual researchers, academic associations and professional bodies interested in African agricultural development.

About the authors

Abebe Shimeles is Acting Director of the Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting and Research Department at the African Development Bank. Previously, Shimeles has worked for The World Bank, UNECA, ACTIONAID and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, in different capacities. His recent research interests include labour market integration, migration issues in Africa and impact evaluation of policy interventions. He holds a PhD in Economics from University of Gothenburg, Sweden, an MSc from Delhi School of Economics, India, and a BSc in Economics from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. 
Audrey Verdier-Chouchane is Chief Research Economist at the African Development Bank. Prior to joining the African Development Bank, Verdier-Chouchane taught Macroeconomics and Development Economics at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, France, from where she holds a PhD in Economics. She has mainly published on the analysis and measurement of poverty and inequalities with a special focus on gender disparity and labor market issues for the youth.

Amadou Boly is Principal Research Economist at the African Development Bank. His research interests are in development and experimental economics, and his articles have been published in leading international journals. Previously, Boly worked for UNU-WIDER (2014-2015, Finland); and UNIDO (2009-2014, Austria), mainly in technical assistance and global forum activities related to industrial statistics and industrial policy. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Montreal, Canada, an MSc in International Business from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and a BSc in Economics and Management from the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: Understanding the Challenges of the Agricultural Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Pages 1-12

    Shimeles, Abebe (et al.)

  • Improved Seeds and Agricultural Productivity of Family Farms in Cameroon

    Pages 15-32

    Tchamou Meughoyi, Christelle

  • Breaking the Traditional Trap: Assessing Drivers of Modern Technology Adoption by Smallholder Farmers in Hurungwe District, Zimbabwe

    Pages 33-53

    Pindiriri, Carren

  • Input Utilization and Agricultural Labor Productivity: A Gender Analysis

    Pages 55-79

    Rufai, A. M. (et al.)

  • Evaluation of Women’s On-Farm Trial of Drought Tolerant Maize in Southern Guinea Savannah Agro-Ecological Zone of Nigeria

    Pages 81-95

    Ayinde, O. E. (et al.)

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Building a Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Abebe Shimeles
  • Audrey Verdier-Chouchane
  • Amadou Boly
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6 b/w illustrations, 19 illustrations in colour

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